Over the last few days, I’ve been lugging around an exceptionally heavy purse. At the movies last night, I almost threw out my back trying to lift it up to look for chapstick. After taking out the metal tape measure and box cutter that I put inside last week to carry them home from work, things lightened up a bit. I did a bit more cleaning inside the bag and realized, after the metal tools, the heaviest thing I’ve been carrying around is this gift card wallet.
While some think they are impersonal, I think gift cards are a great gift. I have a ton of them – so many that they don’t fit in my regular wallet. For many years I kept them all in a drawer. However, out of sight, out of mind, I guess, and I never remembered to bring them with me when I went shopping. Using another wallet to carry them around inside my purse ensured that I’d have them with me at all times. The problem is, a wallet full of cards is really heavy.
I’ve seen some smartphone commercials with people using their phones to pay at various shops. After searching the iPhone’s app store, I found that a few shops let you store gift cards/prepaid cards on your phone. For free, I downloaded Starbucks’ and Target’s app. After just a few moments, I had both accounts set up and the gift cards entered.
So now when I go to either store, I can use my phone to select and pay by using a gift card. The phone is simply scanned, and the remaining amount is updated.
After everything was set up, I removed eight cards from the gift card wallet, which lightened the load significantly.
Wouldn’t it be nice to have an app that would store and scan ALL gift cards?